Art education and the usefulness question

Iyer, Prakash (2016) Art education and the usefulness question. Teacher Plus. ISSN 0973-778

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In considering any aim of education or any item in the curriculum, we inevitably face the usefulness question – what use is science, history, mathematics, art? When we talk about anything, particularly knowledge, in terms of its use, we reduce it to something less than it is. When we think of mathematics in terms of its utility, we think only of arithmetic and geometry that we use in practical situations, not mathematics. We consider history useful because we need to know our past and how we came to be what we are. But this description reduces history to an investigation into the formation of identity

Item Type: Article
Authors: Iyer, Prakash
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Uncontrolled Keywords: Art Education, Artworks
Subjects: Social sciences > Education
Divisions: Azim Premji University > School of Education
Full Text Status: Public
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